"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland."

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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Lucy Küng

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Oscar Knapp

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Sylvia Egli von Matt

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

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Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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WHAT DOES
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
in 2017

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«Your connection to Switzerland»

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The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Introducing the Multimedia team
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Taking responsibility for deforestation
Palm oil cultivation is booming in Peru, boosting the income of small farmers who supply Swiss food giant Nestlé with the product. But the crop is one of the main ...
How Peruvian palm growers went green
Palm oil cultivation is booming in Peru, boosting the income of small farmers who supply Swiss food giant Nestlé with the product. But the crop is one of the main ...
Voices from abroad
What do young Swiss abroad think about Switzerland and its politics? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider ...
Politics, j'adore - episode 4
The relationship between young people and politics? It's complicated. But for some the passion still burns. In our new series 'Politics, j'adore!' we'll introduce you ...
Why women are queuing up for equality
Longer queues for the ladies' toilets and higher chances of injuries in car accidents for women can be explained by the gender data gap. Researchers are ...
What foreign reporters think of Swiss science
Participants at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne explain what they think of when they hear "Switzerland and science". (Julie Hunt ...
Starmus honours men who reached for the moon
With a mix of music and award honours, the Starmus Festival being held in Zurich this week has paid homage to the men who made the first moon landing ...
Should we draw lots for fairer elections?
To what extent are elections truly democratic? At the dawn of democracy in Athens, elected representatives used to be picked by lot. This idea is back in vogue: ...
Turning sunrays into fuel
The quest to find new forms of renewable energy is occupying scientists all over the world. With wind and water, the sun is another important source. We're used ...
David's little piece of Switzerland
Cheese, pocket knives and trains: these might be the first images that come to mind when thinking of Switzerland. Here are David's. Nouvo brings you short ...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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